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They are supposed to be protected by the Luama Katanga Reserve, but an administrative error means 900 plant species and 1,400 chimpanzees are actually situated 50 km east of the reserve’s official boundaries

Apes of wrath

War is common to two species in the world: man and chimpanzees. Jane Goodall was among the first to note coordinated attacks by chimpanzees on other chimpanzees, sparking debate among primatologists and anthropologists on the significance of chimpanzee warfare
Mountain lions have clung on in the mountain range around Santa Monica, California for decades as a strange, wild throwback on the Los Angeles periphery

Sabah’s lost world

There’s hardly an inch of the planet that can’t be visited, yet thankfully there are still places that conjure mystery, intrigue and even foreboding. In the heart of Borneo, lies the remarkable Maliau Basin

Wind farms threaten bats

German researchers examined the risks for the 300,000 bats that move through the country each year and found that 72% of all deaths in the migrating colonies are attributable to wind turbines
A series of studies indicate that the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan has caused genetic damage to birds, monkeys and butterflies in the region
Urban heat islands are causing populations of a tree pest to increase, killing red maple trees in southeastern USA, according to a new study carried out by researchers from North Carolina State University
Reindeer on the Norwegian high-Arctic archipelago of Svalbard are thriving as temperatures rise, according to a new long-term study
A new study has revealed that earlier snowmelts are causing migratory birds that breed in Arctic Alaska to initiate nesting earlier in the spring
The loss of sea ice around the Antarctic coastline is leading to a huge drop in biodiversity on boulders on the shallow seabed as they are scoured by icebergs, according to a new study

In the fly zone

The Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve in northern Spain’s Basque Country is a hotspot for migrating birds on the East Atlantic Flyway. A hi-tech new birdwatching centre is pioneering survey and conservation work as well as offering visitors an unparalleled twitching experience
New study demonstrates that despite increasing rates of extinction of organisms around the globe, in most areas, biodiversity is unchanged, or even increasing
With temperatures across Europe rising, lighter coloured butterflies and dragonflies are taking over from their dark-coloured relatives, according to a new study
Puerto Rico’s national animal, the coqui frog, has undergone a series of small but significant changes due to the warming of the territory’s climate over the past three decades
A new study has found that long-tailed tits may benefit from climate change

Malaria origin updated

A new study has rewritten the origin story for Plasmodium vivax, the second-worst malaria parasite of humans

Unnatural acts

From the arrival of the first snowdrop to the fall of the last autumn leaf, the timing of seasonal events is changing, as are the ranges of countless species, all evidence of climate change’s impact on the natural world
The Sahara Desert has suffered a catastrophic collapse of its wildlife populations, according to a new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Zoological Society of London

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